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This page has links (below) to pages that show photos and information concerning some of the wildlife species that may be encountered on the Appalachian Trail between Georgia and Maine.

These photos and the accompanying text have been made available to us by the folks at Their consideration and generosity in sharing their beautiful photos is greatly appreciated.

Going from the world of locked doors, closed windows and 911 to the outdoor world can be intimidating. Also, some nights are just longer than others. For the most part, though, the animals just want to be left alone. If you properly secure your food and use common sense while on the trail, your chances of confrontation and injury from wild animals are very low. The most vicious animals you are likely to encounter will be domestic dogs brought to the trail by other hikers, or the domestic dogs of folks who live close to the trail.

If there is an additional species that you would like included here, or if you have comments or suggestions concerning this page, please contact me at:

To see the photos and accompanying text, make a selection in the box below (or use the scroll bar to the right), then click on the names of the species. The appropriate photo with accompanying text should pop up in a corner of your screen.

To see additional information, including range and habitat, click on the photo and a new screen will appear. For some animals, you can even listen to the sounds that they make. To return to this page, close out the new screen.

Please Note - If you are having difficuly getting the photos to open (error messages received saying photos are not available), try this: Right click the name of the species, then click on the "Open" tab. Repeat a few times if necessary, and the photo will usually open.

Mammals Birds
Snakes / Scorpions / Spiders Amphibians


Black Bear
Eastern Chipmunk
Common Gray Fox
Common Raccoon
Deer Mouse
Eastern Cottontail
Eastern Gray Squirrel
Long-tailed Weasel
Mountain Lion
Nine-banded Armadillo
Southern Flying Squirrel
Southern Long-nosed Bat
Striped Skunk
Virginia Opossum
Common Porcupine
Big Brown Bat
Feral Pig
Eastern Mole
Eastern Pipistrelle (Bat)
Eastern Fox Squirrel
House Mouse
Common Muskrat
Little Brown Myotis (Bat)
Northern Short-tailed Shrew
Meadow Vole
Red Fox
Red Squirrel
White-footed Mouse


Black Vulture
American Kestrel
American Coot
American Crow
Belted Kingfisher
Blue Jay
Canada Goose
Common Snipe
Chimney Swift
Carolina Chickadee
Carolina Wren
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Brown Thrasher
Chipping Sparrow
Common Grackle
American Goldfinch
American Robin
American Crow
Broad-winged Hawk
Common Nighthawk
Downy Woodpecker
Barn Swallow
Cedar Waxwing
Common Yellowthroat
Common Grackle
Baltimore Oriole
Brown-headed Cowbird
Common Loon
Common Goldeneye
Black-capped Chickadee
American Bittern
Barred Owl
Common Raven
American Tree Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Green Heron
Great Egret
Eastern Screech-Owl
Great Crested Flycatcher
Eastern Kingbird
Eastern Phoebe
European Starling
Eastern Meadowlark
House Sparrow
House Finch
Great Horned Owl
House Wren
Great Blue Heron
Greater Yellowlegs
Gray Catbird
Great Blue Heron
Hairy Woodpecker
Gray Jay
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Evening Grosbeak
Eastern Bluebird
Eastern Towhee
Northern Bobwhite
Northern Flicker
Northern Mockingbird
Northern Cardinal
Indigo Bunting
Mourning Dove
Rock Dove
Purple Martin
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Pine Warbler
Red-winged Blackbird
Red-tailed Hawk
Pileated Woodpecker
Orchard Oriole
Ring-necked Pheasant
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Ruffed Grouse
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Ring-necked Duck
Purple Finch
Pine Siskin
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Song Sparrow
Summer Tanager
Turkey Vulture
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Spotted Sandpiper
Tree Swallow
Wood Duck
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Wild Turkey
White-eyed Vireo
White-breasted Nuthatch
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Yellow-throated Warbler
Tufted Titmouse

Snakes / Scorpions / Spiders

Copperhead - Venomous
Eastern Coral Snake - Venomous
Timber Rattlesnake - Venomous
Brown Recluse Spider - Venomous
Black Widow Spider - Venomous
Vaejovid Scorpions - Venomous
Common Garter Snake
Eastern Hognose Snake
Eastern Indigo Snake
Eastern Ribbon Snake
Ringneck Snake
Brown Snake
Common Kingsnake
Corn Snake
Milk Snake
Northern Water Snake
Rat Snake
Smooth Green Snake


Dusky Salamander
American Toad
Common Musk Turtle
Eastern Box Turtle
Eastern Newt
Eastern Red-backed Salamander
Eastern Fence Lizard
Green Anole
Ground Skink
Five-lined Skink
Gray Treefrog
Green Frog
Marbled Salamander
Pickerel Frog
Painted Turtle
Slimy Salamander
Spring Peeper
Six-lined Racerunner
Seal Salamander
Spotted Salamander
Two-lined Salamander
Wood Frog
Woodhouse's Toad